Trojans pile up turnovers, too tough to overcome against GMG

GARWIN – The Northeast Hamilton boys’ basketball team had trouble hanging onto the ball and that in turn led to fewer offensive opportunities in a 50-31 loss to Green Mountain Garwin here Friday night.

The Trojans turned the ball over 26 times and received scoring from just three players in the Iowa Star Conference setback.

“We’re struggling to even get into our offense because we’re turning the ball over so much, so I don’t know what we’re going to do,” NEH head coach John Seiser said after his club dropped its fifth straight contest. “It’s tough right now.”

The loss of starting point guard Trevor Klaver to injury is a big reason for the ball-handling issues. Klaver broke his thumb in last Monday’s loss to Colo-NESCO; he will miss the remainder of the season.

“It’s a huge drop off for us without him, there’s no question,” Seiser said.

Junior forward Logan Seiser did all he could to keep the Trojans (4-7, 2-7 ISC) within striking distance. He accounted for half of the team’s field goals and 18 of its points. He also led the team in rebounds (nine) and had its lone block and steal.

“Logan is really playing well right now and he’s doing everything he can,” John Seiser said. “He’s starting to shoot the ball much better than he did early in the season.”

Stephen Chamness chipped in eight points. Noah Ronnfeldt finished with five.

Austin Vaughn dropped in 11 points to lead GMG (5-6, 5-4 ISC), which owned a 29-21 halftime advantage. Blake Warren contributed 10.

NEH will be at home tonight to take on West Bend-Mallard.